By Colin Duriez
No matter if this can be your first stopover at to C S Lewis's excellent fable global otherwise you were there again and again, you want to carry alongside this useful better half to the panorama and population of Narnia, together with an A to Z advisor to its characters, areas, items, and events.
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Lewis wrote to his father in 1925 describing the rooms he had been given at the college: ‘My external surroundings are beautiful beyond compare… . My big sitting-room looks north and from it I see nothing, not even a gable or spire, to remind me that I am in a town. ’ Lewis could now divide his time between the rented house he shared with Mrs Moore and her daughter, Maureen, and his rooms at the college. During term time he slept over at Magdalen. Lewis’s pupils over the Magdalen years would include such figures as the critic Kenneth Tynan, the poet John Betjeman, the literary historian and novelist Harry Blamires, and novelist, academic and poet John Wain.
S. Lewis, and shares it with a passionate but clear-sighted enthusiasm that is as effortless as it is authoritative. So, before you step into that wardrobe (and remember, ‘as every sensible person does, that you should never, never shut yourself in a wardrobe’) pop A Field Guide to Narnia in your pocket and you will, undoubtedly, see that land with new eyes, perhaps even respond to it with a new heart … Brian Sibley Preface I still remember first reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The bracing air of the snowy wood intensified my exultant feeling of discovering another magical place as I followed Lucy.
For many years thereafter he sought solace in his imaginative life instead. His memories, experiences and literary discoveries became a surrogate religion. It was just as if his materialism brought a spell of winter to his powerful intellectual life. Warren was close by his brother, studying at Malvern College. In an extreme winter during that time they were able to skate together on a frozen stream. In September 1913 Lewis won a classical scholarship and entered the ‘Col’. All this time he was writing avidly, composing, among other pieces, a poetic tragedy about his favourite Norse gods, entitled ‘Loki Bound’.
A Field Guide to Narnia by Colin Duriez